12 Week Tone Up: Introduction

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Now that real life has hit us, my New Year’s good intentions have all but fizzled. I need a simple, easy way to stay accountable. Who wants to join me?!

A few years ago I made up a 12 week fitness and nutrition program to do with family and friends. It was nothing complicated: just a single tip to follow every week, for 12 weeks. It turned out to be a great opportunity to get support in reaching our health goals and it really helped me tone up and lose fat. If that sounds good to you, then you’re in luck. We’re doing it again!

I’m calling it…

12 Week Tone Up

12 Weeks * One Challenge Per Week * Oodles of Comradery!


Here’s how it works: every Monday morning for the next 12 weeks, I’ll post the week’s challenge. Write it down, commit to it, and then keep in touch here on the blog via comments or on social media. (Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It will run through the rest of March, April and May, leading right up to the start of summer and swimsuit season!

The challenges will be anything from a change in diet, lifestyle or attitude and every single one will get you a step closer to your healthy goal. It’s not about drastic changes or crazy routines…just small, simple changes that will help us look great and live longer!

Don’t worry about future weeks or how long you can maintain a challenge, just focus on the current week’s tip and do your best.

Any comments or experiences that would motivate others are WELCOME! But please no negativity about yourself or your challenges. We’ve all got obstacles, so let’s set our eyes on the prize and hurdle those suckers!


1. CHOOSE a goal weight, size or body measurements. Pick something measurable and attainable, but something that will stretch your discipline.
According to WebMD, you can lose anywhere from 1-3 pounds a week, healthily and safely, if you do it right.

2. COMMIT! Write your goal down…or, better yet, take a picture! Post it on your fridge, bulletin board, blog, FB, anywhere you and others will see it. Check out mine below. The more you share it, the more help you’ll have to stay accountable. Write your goal in the comments below (or leave a link to where you posted it) so we can see it too!


Current stats

143 lbs
37.5″ chest
38″ hip


133 lbs or


Depending on how much muscle I gain in the next couple months, I may or may not reach my goal weight. That’s why I’ve included my measurements. Those are more important than how much my mass actually registers on a scale (although I’m pretty sure that chest measurement is unattainable unless I wean the babe by then!)


Our official start date is this Monday, March 14th and our first challenge will be to cut sugar! I know, I know…it’s my favorite drug too. But it’ll be so worth it!

Since I want to see progress ASAP, I’m also doing a nutrition and fitness program called Piit28 (daily high intensity workouts, and a healthy elimination diet for 4 weeks) which has been incredible! If anyone decides to do it with me, let me know! I could use some healthy eating buddies.


Want to hear the best part? At the very end, we’re celebrating with a huge GIVEAWAY!! A big, fat stack of all my favorite healthy snacks and fitness gadgets, given away to one of you guys! WOOT! So tweet, post, share and pin this challenge and let’s recruit as many friends as we can!

I can’t wait to hear everyone’s goals!

You all ready??!

Find Week 1 here!

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(This last ridiculously awkward shot is my free gift to you. I hope you enjoy it.)

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  • Reply
    March 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Sweet! We have basically the same measurements so maybe I’ll just copy your goals! Hee hee. I can’t no sugar this week because it’s my anniversary and birthday. Maybe I can start next week?

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      March 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Emily! Your comment made me realize that I totally miscalculated my weeks and our official start date isn’t until Monday! So you’re off the hook this week 😉 Enjoy your celebrations and we’ll see you next week when we get ready to cut out sugar!

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    March 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I just found your blog and this challenge and it sounds great! I’m going to jump in now at week 3 (if that’s OK) and try and catch up on the other two weeks. I already do interval running, but I really really need to cut out the sugar.

    • Reply
      March 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, of course, Erika! Why is sugar so dang hard?!?

  • Reply
    March 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I forgot to post my goal! In almost exactly 12 weeks we’ll be having our family reunion and I’d like to have lost 10 more pounds by then and be down at least one more pant size.

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